On February 7, 2019, the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) instituted an inter partes review (“IPR) Petition filed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (“Petitioner”).
In IPR2018-01248, the Petitioner challenged claims 24-26 of U.S. Patent No. 8,479,969 (“the ‘969 Patent”) as anticipated under 35 U.S.C. § 102 and as obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103. The Board instituted trial on all challenged claims and grounds. The ‘969 Patent is owned by Ethicon LLC and is drawn to robotic surgical systems.
The inter partes review remains pending at the Board along with two other IPRs where Petitioner challenged the same patent, IPR2018-01247 and IPR2018-01254.
By: April Breyer Menon